05.15 am: The long wait is officially over. For sports fans across the globe, the anticipation draws to a close as the day of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is upon us. It doesn’t matter which part of the world you are from, 2020 and 2021 have been tough on us all. For the athletes, it’s been a period of uncertainty like nothing else in their lives. For humanity in general, it’s been the most testing of times in our lives. And at the intersection of those two, the next two weeks in Tokyo are going to be both uncertain and testing. But also, hopefully, filled with moments that inspire us. It is, after all, what the Olympic Games are about.
It is perhaps not possible for us to truly understand what an athlete must be going through during an Olympic cycle before finally making it to the Games. And it is especially so in a year like 2021. This note below by Kento Momota sums that up. Hopefully, they all get through this safe and we have a Games to remember in the years to come for the right reasons.
Nothing can be taken for granted in times of Covid-19, but for now, we can bask in the fact the Olympic Games are finally here.